Conference – Greening the Urban Environment

A One Day Conference on Greening the Urban Environment
Tullamore Court Hotel, Tullamore, Co. Offaly
Thursday 20th September 2018.

The Irish Landscape Institute is hosting a one-day conference in partnership with the International Federation of Landscape Architecture (IFLA Europe), World Urban Parks Europe Region and Entente Florale Europe. These three international organisations have through Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs), signed in 2017, recognised that they share many common values and objectives and agreed to cooperate on various initiatives such as information sharing.
The proposed one-day conference is therefore an action in line with the spirit of the MOUs and is planned to coincide with the Entente Florale Awards presentation in Tullamore on the 22nd September 2018.

Time Speaker Presentation Title
09.00 – Registration
Chair: Dr. Christy Boylan, F.I.L.I, Entente Florale Europe.

9.25 Kevin Halpenny, Senior Parks Superintendent, Fingal Co. Council
President, The Irish Landscape Institute and Chair of World Urban Parks, Europe Region
Green Infrastructure Planning in North Dublin

10.00 Inka Truxova, Landscape architect. Czech Landscape and Garden Society
President of AEFP, Entente Florale Europe
Entente Florale Europe – Philosophy, Work and Achievement

10.30 Tony Williams, Principal Landscape Architect, Transportation Infrastructure Ireland. Chair of IFLA Europe.
Blue Green Infrastructure Peri-Urban and Rural Opportunities

11.00 –11.30 Tea/coffee break

11.30 Rudi Geerardyn, Landscape Architect, Town Planner, Belgium
Chair, Entente Florale Europe Adjudication Panel.
Parks for the Future

12.00 Martin Wagner, Horticultural Engineer, Department of Public Gardens and Parks, Vienna, Austria
Adjudicator, Entente Florale Europe
Making Vienna one of the Greenest and Cleanest cities in the world

12.30 Dr. Ildikó Réka Báthoryné Nagy, Landscape architect, Associate professor, Budapest, Hungary.
Adjudicator, Entente Florale Europe
Green Infrastructure Planning in Budapest, Hungary

13.00-14.00 Lunch (included)

Chair: Tony Williams, Chair, IFLA Europe

14.00 Torgeir Sorenson, Former President, Ifpra World. Director, World Urban Parks.
Director Stavanger Parks & Roads Department, Norway
EU Urban Agenda on Nature Based Solutions

14.30 Leslie Moore, City Parks Superintendent, Dublin City Council
The Greening of Dublin City

15.00 Aidan ffrench, Executive Parks Superintendent, Dunlaoghaire Rathdown Co. Council
Green Infrastructure in South Dublin

15.30 Mary Keenan, Senior Executive Parks Superintendent, South Dublin Co. Co. Former Board member of the Heritage Council
Urban Trees and Green Infrastructure

16.00 – 16.15 Conclusion and Final Discussion

Registration fee is €125, payable to
The Tree Council, Seismograph House, Rathfarnham Castle, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14.

Additional Options for Consideration:

The information below outlines some options for consideration. Those who may wish to participate in any of these options should contact Dr. Christy Boylan at +353(0)862215162 or by email at

Please note that for those intending to stay in Tullamore on the night of the 19th September, all accommodation is booked because of the National Ploughing Championships


a) Prior to the conference day.

The Ploughing Championships is an annual event which attracts up to 250,000 attendances over the 3 days. It will be ending on the 20th September but can be included in the programme as an option for those who wish to add it to their itinerary.

b) Friday 21st September – The Day after the conference

Arrangements can be made for tours/field trips by bus to include some of the following:

• Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre
• Lough Boora Discovery Park
• Clonmacnoise Monastic Site

c) Saturday 22nd September

Arrangements can be made for tours/field trips to include some of the following in Tullamore:

• Lloyd Town Park
• Charleville Castle & Estate
• Tullamore Dew Distillery
• The European Market, O’Connor Square (2.30-4.30)

Please find the presentations from the